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Blue Skies Ahead: 5 Fresh Ideas to Keep your Spirits High

With a new month upon us (and the promise of things starting to open up a bit in the days ahead), we’re ready to get our mojo back while providing some motivation for you do the same.

As you begin to transition out of your stay-at-home attire and get ready to venture back into the world more regularly, we hope a few of our ideas and suggestions resonate with you and make getting dressed this season something that brings more joy than stress as we continue to make our way through these extraordinary times.

#1 Blue Skies Ahead

Any color that symbolizes strength and wisdom is what we want to be wearing right now. All shades of blue hit this mark well. Blue is also said to have a naturally calming effect on the psyche, another reason to embrace it as fast as you can. What makes “sky” blue particularly appealing from a spring style perspective is how well it transitions into summer. It pairs well with black, tan and navy to get you through tricky spring temperatures while partnering easily with whites and brights (think yellow and coral) as we move into summer.


 #2 Take Flight

Many of us may be grounded for a while but that doesn’t mean our spring outfits need to be. For women, flowing short and long sleeves that give the appearance of wings on all types of tops and blouses (and dresses and jackets too) add style and movement to wardrobes that have been stagnant for too long. They can also add a breath of fresh air to all those Zoom calls!


#3 Stay Comfortable with Softer Pants

If we have learned anything from our home quarantine it’s that comfort is king. Transition back to the real world without giving up too much of your well-earned, stay-at-home coziness by putting your PJ pants away when you get out of bed and then slipping into more structured and stylish “joggers”—basically a slightly dressier version of sweatpants. Once you figure out how to make these softer pants polished and sophisticated, you may never go back to “hard” styles – including jeans! It’s exciting to have a new capsule of dress to help clients create and perfect. Our virtual consulting program is a great way to get some guidance from our stylist team.


#4 Be Grounded & Happy

Soon we will all be back in our shoes and sandals and pedicures will become relevant again too! Now is the time to give your warm-weather shoe wardrobe a once over. Sandals—check, flip flops—check, sneakers—check. While you’re at it, make sure you clean and put away your boots and winter shoes properly too. You might also want to add some back-less loafers, printed booties and architectural heels to your footwear mix: all are trending for spring. Take them or leave them, just be sure your summer shoe collection puts a smile on your face. Life’s too short to spend any time (never mind the most glorious months of the year) in footwear that makes you grumpy.


#5 Get Moving

Finally, those of us who went to college probably did not escape the “Freshmen 15” and the “COVID 19” has had an equally adverse effect on our waistlines. Get motivated to get moving by ruthlessly going though all your exercise gear and only keeping pieces that you really love. Our favorite new “suit” for spring is the track suit with its signature stripes down the leg and often on the arms too. Add a tee shirt and fresh runners and you are literally off and running! When you look good, you feel good and all your commitments are also easier to keep. 


Editor’s Note: New for Spring, $99 Virtual Styling Special
If you like these ideas and getting some help sourcing them for your wardrobe appeals to you, our virtual styling program is at your service no matter where you live. You determine the focus and we’ll help you get ready to rock your spring (and summer!) style. Included in this spring special is a 30-minute Zoom or FaceTime call along with an emailed summary and 5 customized shopping links of key items to enhance your wardrobe.  Buy Now, Use Now (or Later!). While this package returns to $250 after May 31st, you will have a full year from the date of purchase to use it. Learn more details here.



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Tandra Falu 2020-05-06 14:52

I always enjoy receiving these newsletters. I like having a visual as it is very helpful to see the different ways a wardrobe is put together. All in all I have been very encouraged and inspired by these newsletter to try different ways of enhancing my wardrobe style.

Mary Lou Andre 2020-05-06 16:53

Thanks for your feedback, Tandra. We are so glad our tips and suggestions resonate with you. We work hard at sourcing the photos and aim to get them just right. Stay safe and happy spring.

Dianne Webster 2020-05-06 22:37

Since the post-COVID world remains uncertain, I’m grateful for your ideas on combining comfort and style. Thanks for these great ideas! They make my daily choices so much easier.

Mary Lou 2020-05-07 09:49

You are very welcome Dianne. Thanks for being on this journey with us. We appreciate your insights as we continue to get through these extraordinary times. Despite the uncertainly, we all still have control over some things. How we prepare for our days can shift our mindset and that is always a good thing!

Laurie Harden 2020-05-07 02:55

Love this, Mary Lou! Such helpful tips and great photos! The shoes are pretty and look so comfortable. You've inspired me to review my work-out wear and the track suits are so fun! Plus $99 is a great deal for all you are offering!!

Mary Lou 2020-05-07 09:53

Thanks, Laurie. It seems like a long time ago that we were in NYC together -- how I long for another carefree weekend like that. Soon! Great to connect the old fashioned way last night (phone!) Fashion and friendship go hand in hand and I am so grateful to have you in my life to honor and celebrate both!

Alexandra Taussig 2020-05-07 16:15

As always, your blog put a smile on my face. I love how it takes you directly to the website of the items. I found 3 things to buy. Mary Lou I wonder if you can guess what they are. They are all super reasonable and two are brands I had never heard of. Thank for always expanding my shopping horizons!

Mary Lou 2020-05-08 09:18

You put a smile on my face too! I am having fun thinking about the pieces you may have purchased. I know at least one of the items is sky blue (smile — so you!) and I hope you got the white Birkenstock’s. The joggers are so fresh and versatile for how we are all living right now. If you didn’t get those, I highly recommend!

Christina B. 2020-05-11 12:53

Here in NYC it is still colder. Today I dressed in a royal blue-with-black-stripes sweater and a pair of better dark-rinse jeans with a wide cuff.

I would like to recommend to all readers the $99 special while it lasts.

What sings out to me are the white sneakers with the red design.

Blue is one of my favorite colors to wear in the summer and even to wear year-round.

Always great to read the Dressing Well blog!

Mary Lou Andre 2020-05-11 18:01

Your outfit sounds perfect for a cold NYC day. Hoping it warms up this week. Way too cold for May. Thanks for purchasing one of our virtual styling specials. Here’s a link for others interested:

Think spring!


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